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THE 4C'S OF DIAMOND QUALITY Jewelry professionals use a systematic way to evaluate and discuss the factors involving the quality of a diamond. Otherwise, there would be no way to compare one diamond to another. And there would be no way to evaluate and discuss the qualities of an individual diamond. Diamond professionals use the grading system developed by GIA in the 1950s, which established the use of four important factors to describe and classify diamonds: Clarity, Color, Cut, and Carat Weight. These are known as the 4Cs. When used together, they describe the quality of a finished diamond. The value...

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BIRTHSTONE JEWELRY One of our favorite birthday gift ideas is giving someone jewelry that is associated with their birthstone. For each month in the year, there is a designated birthstone which dates back to ancient times. Each birthstone has a unique historical significance and meaning. Ancient civilizations believed these gemstones to have valuable powers such as health, prosperity and good luck. Most months have one gemstone but some months have more than one. Are you curious how birthstones originated? Some believe that birthstones can be traced back to the Bible. In Exodus, Aaron wore a breastplate with 12 gemstones representing...

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TURQUOISE A Birthstone of December Turquoise is one of the traditional birthstones for the month of December and is the gem of the 11th wedding anniversary. This December birthstone is one of the world’s most ancient gems. The gem’s name comes from the French expression pierre tourques, or “Turkish stone.” The name, which originated in the thirteenth century, reflects the fact that the material probably first arrived in Europe from Turkish sources. TURQUOISE POPULARITY Turquoise is plentiful and available in a wide range of sizes. It’s used for beads, cabochons, carvings, and inlays. Although well known to consumers, its popularity in the mainstream jewelry industry comes and...

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Looking to sell your watches in Boca Raton? SELL WATCHES A watch is truly a timeless accessory and, when properly cared for, it can last its wearer a lifetime. But maybe you’ve found yourself in a situation where you need to sell your watch for money or maybe you simply want to sell a watch because you no longer wear it. Maybe you’re looking for the best place to sell vintage or used watches you no longer wear. Maybe you have a watch that you thought was broken and not salvageable. Or maybe you’re searching for the best way to...

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TOPAZ A November Birthstone    TOPAZ HISTORY Topaz is one of the birthstones for the month of November and is the gem of the 23rd anniversary. Most authorities agree that the name topaz comes from Topazios, the old Greek name for a small island in the Red Sea, now called Zabargad. (The island never produced topaz, but it was once a source of peridot, which was confused with topaz before the development of modern mineralogy.) Some scholars trace the origin back to Sanskrit (an ancient language of India) and the word topas or tapaz, meaning “fire.”The ancient Greeks believed that topaz gave...

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